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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Taking Lives

The movie boasts a stellar cast in Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and Keifer Sutherland. The characters are one dimensional and annoying. They are simply recreated (stolen) from other previous murder mysteries. The plot just isn’t suspenseful enough though to keep you guessing. You are taken down a long twisting road of suspense and intrigue. The movie however fails to surprise or even startle you with a great twist ending like in The Secret Window. There are plenty of scary moments throughout the film but no surprise ending to make you stand up in shock. There are several misleading clues and several pink hearings but nothing that truly makes you shocked in utter disbelief. You are not enticed to sit on the edge of your seat at all you are instead lulled in to a false sense of ill comfort that is more disturbing that the actual film. You are will try to unravel the twine of suspense only to be cut off with ho-hum explanations and mediocre attempts to keep you guessing down the wrong path. Grade C+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm